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Don Dennis

Born in Sydney Australia, on leaving high school, he studied electronic engineering but on graduation opted for a career as a creative copywriter, a job at which he excelled. His main achievements included designing a baked bean campaign that persuaded the Army to buy the brand for their ration packs because of their nutritional value...a decision that came back to haunt him when a year later he was drafted and he was forced to eat the same wretched beans for the duration.

His real passion was flying and he used money earned from freelance writing to purchase flying lessons, with the aim of becoming an airline pilot. Subsequently he served in Army Aviation during the Vietnam war and achieved a certain notoriety for implementing a soap powder bombing raid on Vietcong fish farms that nearly developed into an international incident when a news reporter accused him of chemical warfare.

Known for his dry wit and a healthy disregard for authority - including refusing to salute future Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser when he visited Vietnam in 1967 (because it was his political party who'd drafted him) his military career had its ups and downs. Along with several other members of his Vietnam unit, he was accused of a plot to kidnap Fraser, strip him naked and leave him bound and gagged in a rice field in "tiger country".

In 1992 the first book about his war experiences "One Day at a Time" was published by Queensland University Press, subsequently being published in Poland and extracts used in educational material in the USA. This book has recently been optioned for movie development. (See video on the Author's Page)

In 2006, the The Guns of Muschu was published, (Allen and Unwin) the true story of a WW2 Z Special raid on the island of Muschu off New Guinea in 1945, where 7 men were lost and only one survived. This book precipitated a successful search for four of the commandos lost in that raid, their remains being found and identified by DNA samples in 2013. The Guns of Muschu has been recognized as an important historical work, and entered into the Commonwealth Government's Parliamentary record Hansard as such.

The book was optioned in April 2014 for screenplay development by Bandit Films Australia.

Don now lives in Queensland on the Gold Coast where he continues to write.